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    New Aluminum Radiator

    Just got my new custom built radiator this morning from CGJ.com in Alabama.
    Thanks for the tip Mike!
    quality is excellent & it fits perfectly - so well in fact that it took 35 minutes to install.
    For $495 delivered, I consider this a steal
    needless to say it runs much cooler now
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    Good to hear some positive feedback. I purchased a radiator from them for my '51 Commander but haven't had time to install it yet.

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    Do you happen to have photos of the top of the radiator? Wondering if it looks close to the original design. Thanks.

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    Wow! Looks like a perfect C-K cooling solution. I'm installing a somewhat modified 308 next year so I'm sure I'll be a player for this bolt-in.
    Cheers, Bill

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    The CGJ Aluminum Radiators must be a LOT different than most of the 100 to 200 $ ones most here have been using!

    The Picture is a bit small and dark but, other than you painting it Black, it still looks a LOT like an original with a tapered down on the ends, rounded looking Top Tank. Are my eyes deceiving me? This looks WAY better than most.
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    There's pics on the manufacturer's website. https://www.cgj.com/search-results?sv=studebaker

    They don't look anything like the original radiators. But as I was telling someone just a couple of days ago.. "It'll look just fine with the hood closed".

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    Sorry to be the one to say it, but those prices are off the charts. The $159, including shipping, radiator I put in my 56 Wagon is awesome.
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    I have to agree with Sal. The $125 delivered one I put in my Hawk doesn't appear significantly different. The copper and brass one I put in my '54 Chevy a couple years ago was $169, and the OEM one I put in my '99 Honda last Saturday was just $77.34 including both hoses, delivered.

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    4 Drift Parts Radiator.jpg $179, welded aluminum, for my Sky Hawk, delivered...

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    I think this may be a case of getting what you pay for. The less expensive ones are probably fine and will last a few years, and they have a 'lifetime' warranty but there is no mistaking the quality and craftsmanship of the other one. I've tried the KKS and after some work, it fit and worked fine.

    I am looking forward to trying the CGJ for the next job. Just looking at the ad, I see they are proud of what they do and a like the fact they use decent materials..

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    I checked out the CGJ website, and they recommend aluminum, but they also make very nice copper-brass versions. They are custom made, and didn't hint about the cost, but I would bet that they are good quality. I still prefer copper over aluminum, for the fact that I have seen radiators from the 40s and 50s still in service, while many cars 10 - 15 years old, are getting their aluminum (not repairable), radiator, changed out. I had the original radiator from my 60 Hawk, cleaned and pressure tested, and at 58 years old, it is doing great.

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    I bought 2 Summit Racing aluminum rads & returned both.
    you get what you pay for & the Summit ones couldn’t even line up the hole in the tank with the inlet/outlet pipes
    i cut myself on ragged edges of some welds. Plus the specific 2nd rad I ordered didn’t fit because it was 1/2 inch wider than the stated specs.
    as I said you get what you pay for!
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    any cheaper & they’ll be paying you to take them.
    don’t know where your brass rad came from but locally in Texas I was quoted $400 - $600just for a recore

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chartrain View Post
    as I said you get what you pay for!
    Exactly.

    In the case of my '51, CGJ is the only option for a new, bolt-in radiator. The radiator in my car is nearly 70 years old.. To me it's worth it to replace it simply for the peace of mind.

    Either way, I'd rather spend a little more money for a product made in the US, and support a company that's chosen to make a part specifically for Studebakers.

    If the only thing that matters is saving a buck... This hobby is the wrong way to go about it.
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    Agreed on all counts

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